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KEY WEST, December 19, 2019 – A Key West man who previously served time for numerous theft-related charges is heading back to prison after failing to stay out of trouble.
Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson sentenced Damian Cawvey, 42, to 42 months in state custody after he admitted violating probation in several instances. Assistant State Attorney Christina Cory represented the state at the December 11 sentencing. His previous cases were reclosed December 16.
Cawvey was originally arrested on February 3, 2012, for breaking into a house on Northside Drive. Stolen were jewelry, electronics and a debit card. The homeowner called her credit card company, which told her the card had been used at a Shell station and Pizza Hut in Key West.
Police viewed video footage from the Shell and, due to prior interactions with Cawvey, recognized him as the person in the video. They took a photo of Cawvey from the video and showed it to a Pizza Hut employee, who identified the person in the photo as Cawvey.
They found him a short time later in the Truman Avenue area. He admitted using the debit card at the businesses but denied breaking into the house, instead telling police two other people did and gave him some of the stolen merchandise to sell to buy drugs. He led police to some of the merchandise and they recovered some of the jewelry. One of the people Cawvey implicated in the break-in told police Cawvey was in fact in the house.
In the other case, Cawvey was charged on February, 8, 2012. In that case, Cawvey cashed at a Sugarloaf Key pawnshop a $498 check stolen from a Key West eatery. It was later determined he had stolen numerous checks from the eatery.
In the first case, he pleaded guilty April 19, 2012, to burglary, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card and received two years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. In the second case, he pleaded guilty to numerous counts of uttering a forgery, plus grand theft, and received two years in prison followed by 60 months probation.
Over the years, he violated terms of his probation numerous times. In one case he had probation extended for three years and in another, had it extended for two years. His latest violations drew the 42 months this month.